Dear Embrace supporters,
Firstly, despite the tremendous success we've had in Afghanistan so far, we are sad to announce that this will be our final report for our Embrace Global Giving project "Preventing Newborn Hypothermia in Afghanistan." If you wish to continue receiving updates about Embrace's progress, I encourage you to follow our other Global Giving project "Embrace Infant Warmers Impact Babies' Lives in India," read our blog or sign up for our newsletter.
As winter is fast approaching in Afghanistan, temperatures are dropping and infants are at a greater risk for hypothermia. With our great success at Rabia Balkhi Hospital in Kabul over the past 7 months, we are thrilled to announce our expansion to two more hospitals in Kabul: Malalai Maternity Hospital and Indira Gandhi Children's Hospital. Both hospitals previously had no functioning incubators, so the introduction of the Embrace infant warmers have been a great help to these high birth facilities.
In our first month at Malalai and Indira Gandhi Hospitals, the Embrace infant warmer helped nearly 200 low birth weight and premature infants. Our current total for all of Afghanistan includes over 3500 infants helped. We are so thrilled with the progress so far, and fully recognize that we could not achieve such great results without supporters like you.
Thank you and Happy Holidays!
We are excited to update you on the progress of our programs in Afghanistan. Since our program launch at the Rabia Balkhi Hospital this past Spring, we have impacted the lives of over 2,000 infants. Through our training and education programs, we have helped empower hundreds of families and healthcare practitioners with the tools and knowledge needed to effectively prevent and manage neonatal hypothermia.
Our Programs Team, in conjunction with our field partner, HEDA, is currently preparing to launch at the second hospital in September, and will be conducting needs assessments, identifying and hiring a local Embrace representative to oversee the program, and leading a training to certify the hospital staff as Embrace-trained representatives. Embrace aims to have programs operating in four hospitals before the fierce Afghan winter sets in.
We’d like to introduce you to Muzghan, the proud mother of a brand new baby girl. Her daughter was born with low birth weight, and was immediately placed in an Embrace infant warmer so that her temperature could be regulated. Muzghan was trained by Meela, our Afghanistan Site Manager, on the dangers of neonatal hypothermia, and how to keep her daughter warm until she was big enough to regulate her own body temperature. Muzghan learned how to perform Kangaroo Care, and how to use the Embrace infant warmer. Muzghan really liked how both Kangaroo Care, and Embrace helped improve the infant's ability to nurse.
We can’t thank you enough for your continued support of our programs in Afghanistan. Help Embrace spread the warmth by sharing our work with your friends and family!
We are thrilled to share the exciting news about the launch of the Embrace program at Rabia Balkhi Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. Your generosity and support helped make this possible, thank you!
Our program partners identified a Site Manager, Meela, who helped with implementation and will continue to oversee the success of the program. At Rabia Balkhi Hospital, the Embrace infant warmer is used in the NICU and for transport from the Labor & Delivery ward and the Operating Theatre. Meela has trained doctors, nurses and midwives at the hospital to recognize and treat infant hypothermia, which has resulted in hundreds of babies receiving vital care for hypothermia in the first few months of the program.
Among those impacted were a set of premature and low birth weight triplets suffering from hypothermia. Their mother, Shamim, and her husband live in a village about an hour outside of Kabul with their eleven other children. The family anxiously awaited the arrival of the three newest members of the family, however when Shamim went into labor she became became very weak and anemic. Fortunately, Shamim able to deliver the babies via C-section at Rabia Balkhi Hospital. All three babies were born premature with low birth weight and were immediately placed in the new Embrace infant warmers. Shamim and her triplets stayed at the hospital for 5 days while the infants stabilized and started to gain weight. Shamim was very grateful that her infants had access to Embrace. She found the infant warmers especially helpful while breastfeeding and performing Kangaroo Care, since she could only manage one baby at a time.
Embrace’s Afghanistan program partners have been working directly with the Ministry of Health to identify three additional expansion sites before the start of the biting Afghan winter. We need your help more than ever. Help us spread the warmth!
We are delighted to post our first report on the project, Preventing Newborn Hypothermia In Afghanistan. We are grateful to those that have kick-started this project’s fund - thank you! In mid-February, Embrace met with the Afghan team in San Francisco, who will be training doctors, midwives, nurses and mothers in Kabul on how to use the warmers. After the training, the team travelled to Afghanistan where they are currently doing further assessment on a number of hospitals to identify the best site to launch the program. Our partner (in Aghanistan) is currently meeting with hospital administrators, doctors, and other key-stakeholders to introduce the Embrace program. Additionally, the warmers have arrived in Kabul for our launch. We are also in the process of hiring a local site manager who will help with program implementation and training. The site manager and our team will:
We are so excited and hope you continue to be a part of our mission of giving all infants an equal chance for a healthy life. Thank you for helping us spread the warmth!
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